The 80,800 Jews in Cleveland are moving east and are not aging as much as many believed, a
The contracted Jewish Policy and Action Research (JPAR), a professional survey services company, to phone people in all of Cuyahoga and parts of Portage, Geauga, Lake, Summit and Lorain Counties.
The most significant increase in Jewish population - 44 percent higher than the last survery in 1996 - was seen in a cluster that includes Beachwood, Solon and the East Side and Southeast suburbs.
The results show that the Jewish population has declined by 39 percent in the Northern Heights - including Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, and Mayfield - but stayed steady in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and University Heights.
The Jewish population of Northeast Ohio is made up of more children than elderly, but baby boomers make the largest portion.
“The idea is to use all of this information to inform the planning and services of local Jewish organizations,” said Jewish Federation of Cleveland Senior Associate of Planning and Allocations Shelley Fishbach.
The Federation conducts the survey every 10 to 15 years. The last survey, conducted in 1996, found that 83 percent of households in Beachwood have at least one person who identifies as Jewish.
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